The Stephenville Area Elks Lodge were present at the First United Methodist Church Community Table on Jan. 28 to present a $2,000 check for the ongoing community activity. The Stephenville branch applied for a Beacon Grant from the Elks National Foundation to help the weekly FUMC activity which provides food and fellowship to the community for free. Fresh meals are available to anyone from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. every Wednesday. FUMC is located at 630 Highland Ave. For more information on the Community Table, call 445-2157. For more information on the Elks Lodge, visit www.elks.org.
Would-be business owners who have an idea now have a few extra days to enter the Entrepreneurs of Erath business plan competition. The entry deadline has been extended to Monday, February 16, with two orientation sessions remaining.
Entrepreneurs of Erath (EoErath) will help entrepreneurs launch or expand a business in Erath County. Sponsors will award prizes totaling more than $45,000 for the best business plans, with prizes intended to serve as a catalyst to develop a new business or expand an existing business.
Cash prizes of $25,000, $15,000 and $5,000 will go to the top three business plans, with winners also receiving professional assistance in areas such as bookkeeping and legal requirements.
Hands-on business plan assistance will be provided in the two remaining orientation sessions. Prospective contest entrants are encouraged to attend one of the sessions, which will be in Room 172 of the College of Business Administration building at Tarleton State University. Dates and times are Friday, Jan. 30 from noon-1 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 5 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
The competition is sponsored by the Tarleton College of Business Administration, Stephenville Economic Development Corporation, Dublin Economic Development Corporation, the City of Stephenville, the Tarleton Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Stephenville Chamber of Commerce and Dublin Chamber of Commerce.
Winning entries must expect to create at least three new jobs in Erath County, agree to headquarter and operate primarily within the county for a period of at least two years, and have generated annual revenues of less than $250,000 in the past two years.
Tarleton SBDC has more than 26 years’ experience in writing business plans, and representatives will be available to assist entrepreneurs with all aspects of the competition. Additional training on how to write a business plan and tips for “pitching” the plan will be held in February and March. A list of training class dates and locations is available at www.EoErath.com.
Winners will be announced at a luncheon on May 12.
For more information, see the website at www.EoErath.com or contact Randy Burch, SBDC, at 817-573-7681.
Dublin will host the District 8-3A Junior High Basketball Tournament beginning Thursday (Jan. 29) at 5:30 p.m. at the Secondary Campus.
The eighth grade Lions will face Breckenridge at 6:30 p.m. in the main gym today. On Saturday, the seventh grade boys will take on Breckenridge at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the back gym.
The seventh grade girls play at 5:30p.m. Thursday and eighth grade girls will play at 6:30 p.m.
The varsity Lions and Lady Lions will host the Eastland Mavericks at home on Friday (Jan. 30). The DHS Junior Class will be serving up a baked potato supper during the Lions game for anyone with an empty belly and $7 to spare.
After leading Dublin to its first playoff game in seven years and first playoff win in 50 years following a 7-5 season, Coach Bob Cervetto earned Big Country Class 3A Coach of the Year, according to the Abilene Reporter-News.
Cervetto and nine of his Lions made the prestigious list including seniors Brady Holleman, Abel Aguilar, Ambrosio Rodriguez, Isaac Campos and Travis Blazi and juniors Chuy Chacon, Conner Moore, Cade Hill and Justin Ricks.
See the Jan. 22 edition for the complete story.
Graveside services for Jason Starnes are 10:30 am. on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at the Tabernacle in Pecan Cemetery near Dublin, Texas.
Visitation will be Sunday, Feb. 1 from 4 to 6 pm. at Harrell Funeral Home
“The Life of a Simple Man” Jason was born in Brownwood Texas on Aug. 11, 1980. From the time he was a little boy he was in high gear always on the go. Jason was always a little mischievous child, getting into something and looking for the next something to get into.
He never saw a mud puddle he could resist, whether with new shoes on or on a new four wheeler. He loved basketball from a young age and idolized Michael Jordan and his ability to dunk the basketball. He played baseball as well and thought Nolan Ryan was the best.
From a young age he grew up outdoors and loved hunting, shooting and fishing anytime Dad could take him along. Jason always enjoyed riding whatever would go fast, from bicycles, three wheelers, four wheelers and motorcycles. School was never Jason’s strong suit but he did manage to be the center of attention although sometimes not in a good way. He had a real passion for boats and being on the water.
Jason was a hard working young man. He would help anyone do whatever needed and not expect anything in return. He didn’t have a lot of friends but the ones he had meant the world to him. Jason was loved dearly by his family and friends and will be missed severely by all of us who loved him and by those who had yet to meet him.
He worked in Galveston, Texas in the service management department of an RV and Marine Dealership. He passed away on January 28, 2015 at the age of 34.
He is survived by his daughters, Makenze and Preslee Starnes of McGregor, Texas; his Father, Keith Starnes and wife, Belinda of Stephenville, Texas; his mother, Kelly Hill Farr and husband, Rusty of Vernon, AZ; His Brother, Emmitt Farr of Vernon, AZ.; his paternal grandparents, Joe and Martha Starnes of Dublin, Texas; his maternal grandmother, Judy Hill; his step-siblings, Shaelyn Billings, Brieanne Escalante, Justin Egdorf and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. He lived life true to himself as a simple man.
Loel Dene “L.D.” Cox, 88, of Comanche died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, in Early, Texas.
Funeral services are 1:30 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Comanche with Dr. Van Christian and Gabriel Fisher officiating. Interment will follow at Cox Cemetery in Sidney. Visitation: The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Heartland Funeral Home of Comanche. The family requests that memorials be made to the Cox Cemetery Association, c/o David Steele, 781 CR 165, Sidney, Texas 76474; or the USS Indianapolis Survivors Organization, in care of Elko Perchyshyn, 1073 Orange Ave. East, St. Paul, Minn. 55106.
He was born April 12, 1926, in Sidney to Ottie Scott and Olene McCarty Cox.
In World War II, he served aboard the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35) and attained the rank of seaman first class. He earned an Associate’s degree from John Tarleton Agricultural College and Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M.
In February 1949, L.D. married Sara Lou McCarroll. He was the state sales manager for Moorman’s Manufacturing Co. for the Texas and New Mexico regions. In 1966, he was appointed to the board of directors of Comanche National Bank, a position he held until his death. He was active in many associations, including the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, the National Rifle Association, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. L.D. was a member of the Church of Christ in Sidney.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Lou Cox; and sisters, LaVera Wood and Nellon Brehm. Survivors include his son, Lowell Dean Cox II of San Gabriel, Calif.; and a grandson.